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Love Club
 
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Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Sarakula
 
 
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Do you like love songs?  After spending a lifetime spent avoiding this subject in song, Joel Sarakula finally admits that he does. He has travelled the world in search of his muse, experiencing everything from being a victim of Caribbean car-jackings to performing in the remote fishing villages of Norway, and dive bars in Europe and the US. It was the hodge-podge musical tapestry of London that finally drew him to a settling point.  On “Love Club” Joel relives the golden age of soulful and romantic pop music and connects it with a modern aesthetic. More than a year in the making, it was recorded in various studios around London and Berlin capturing soulful performances from his many musical comrades on vintage analogue equipment.  “This has truly been a labour of love. Recording and privately sharing these performances with my collaborators started to feel like a bit like a ‘club’.  I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed the ‘love-making process’.”  Featuring eleven songs touching all genres from disco to blues, from soul to soft-rock, the record is a profound pop statement.  It is his bold and unashamedly emotional next step, and a homage to the soulful singer/songwriter artistry of the 70’s filtered through a darker contemporary lens. “I always shied away from generic love songs,” he admits, “but on this record I embraced the subject wholeheartedly... and intellectually, looking at themes of love, lust, loneliness and everything in-between.”   There is no such thing as guilty pleasures in music; that’s a term devised by people who take music ironically. If you like it, if it gives you pleasure, then why be guilty? If you think it’s embarrassing, then you probably don’t really like it enough and should probably stick to the things everyone else around you does.  What’s that got to do with this album?  Joel Sarakula swims in – and drinks deeply from, if you want to mix your metaphors like you mix your cocktails – a pool which is meant to be among the guiltiest of guilty pleasures: easy-on-the-ears 70’s pop, soul/pop, yacht rock, lounge pop.  Harmonies here are cushioned and female backing vocals coo or trill. Rhythms mostly roll along in cruise mode, sometimes dropping back to what might encourage a loverman croon if he had a deeper voice. Guitars sometimes make ‘Silk Degrees’ sound Zeppelinesque, and while strings put some glide in your stride, brass accentuate the positive rather than accelerate the activity.  So, yeah it’s easy. Easy does it. Ease on down the road. Easy on the ear, easy on the feet. You can hear Hall & Oates when they stilled wanted to be a soul band, Bee Gees just before they went full disco, Earth Wind and Fire just after they crossed over, Boz Scaggs in a white suit, Paul Weller in boat shoes and a striped shirt, and Doobie Brothers on the cusp.” – BernardZuel.net  We’ll still consider it a guilty pleasure……and it’s still POP!  GREAT!!


 
Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared apprecia ... read more »

Medium Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team of Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, the pair began writing together back in the dying embers of ... read more »

September Gurls (Expanded Edition)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell & Squire
Description:

Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late 70’s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are me ... read more »

And The Losers Choir Sings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description:

A few years back, Colman ... read more »

Run It Again
Price: $13.00
Artist: Criminal Hygiene
Description:

A record that shines a fresh light on a raw sort of g ... read more »

Electric Bloom
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cromm Fallon
Description:

Cromm Fallon’s debut full-length contains 10 s ... read more »

Blessed Is The Boogie
Price: $15.00
Artist: Datura4
Description:

Fronted by Aussie legend Dom Mariani, who came to prominence on the music scene in the 80’s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems, and later went on to form revered power ... read more »

If Not Now... Later
Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

Eytan’s seventh album has just arrived!  “Since As a member of Description:

Flying in the face of the oft-quoted phrase “if you remember the 1960’s you weren’t really there”, Glen Burtnik (The Weeklings) and his rather large band certainly do, p ... read more »

Parloursounds
Price: $12.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
Description:

WOW!!  James Clarke FiveJoe Sullivan returns with a highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 gem ‘read more »

Shape Shifter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Very kool show recorded live at The Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago on July 4, 1993 and broadcast on WXRT-FM.  ... read more »

Hello, All You Happy People
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mondello
Description:

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good ‘ol throwback of a charming, DIY effort, but Mondello’s debut fits the bill quite nicely!read more »

Long Shot
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is back with his second album in a little over a year. No Win's debut album is a strong collection of songs nestled comfortably in between indie rock, pop punk, and power pop.read more »

Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Description:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic self-titled, only album by San Francisco new wave legends Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. read more »

Humanworld
Price: $14.00
Artist: Peter Perrett
Description:

Peter Perrett(The Only Ones) returns with “Humanworld”.  In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry ... read more »

Cover To Cover Remixed
Price: $15.00
Artist: Pezband
Description:

Originally released in 1979, “Cover to Cover” was Pezband's third album.  Fast forward to 2019, and it has been completely remixed and ... read more »

In Concert – Archive Series Vol. 3
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

THIS 2014 ARCHIVAL RELEASE IS NOW BACK IN PRINT!!  Drummer gui ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

Sweden's legendary power-pop-surf-punk heroes are back with “21”.  After an 18-year gap between the band's classic LP “Stereoids” and the triumphant comeback “The Voice of Summer” ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description: read more »

Abdication... For Your Love
Price: $15.00
Artist: Reigning Sound
Description:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, “Abdication... For Your ... read more »

Pop Circles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Description:

“Pop Circles” is the 13th solo record from Richard, containing 18 new tracks full of melody, harmony, jangly guitars, ferocious keyboards and brilliant songwriting, in the grand traditi ... read more »

This Is The Sound
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts
Description:

Ryan Hamilton has been on our radar since he partnered up with Bowling For Soup’s Jaret as part of double act People on Vacation.   ... read more »

Thirty Nine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

For these Rickenbacker-janglers newest album, James Hall tried something different. He wrote an entire alb ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #92
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #92
Description:

The recently deceased Scott WalkerBRAND NEW VINYL 7” RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 24 – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Side Three
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

The Armoires are back with their first new release in three years.  The “Side Three” EP isn't the new album – that's coming in August in the form of the “Zibaldone ... read more »

Art's Gallery
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Artwoods
Description:

The Artwoods - Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord - recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been ... read more »

Live In New York
Price: $14.00
Artist: Th Bangles
Description:

This historic radio broadcast made for WNEW-FM, New York is available for the first time on CD.  This powerful, hit-packed performance (wefre guessing from 1986) features the clas ... read more »

The Singles Collection
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Bluebells
Description:

Like fellow Scots Aztec Camera, The Bluebells crafted impeccable, jangly guitar pop, only with better melodies and stronger hooks.   Even ... read more »

Dead Calm
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
Description:

AT LAST!  THIS BRILLIANT, PREVIOUSLY VINYL-ONLY RELEASE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!!  Debut al ... read more »

Platinum Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Briefs
Description:

The Fall of 2000 was a time of innocence.  Saxophonist Bill Clinton was our President. The Twin Towers were still standing…  Then the Brie ... read more »

Ask Again Later
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Dates
Description:

WOW!!!  The fabulous debut album by The Dates is one that’s ... read more »

A Sides B Sides
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Elevators
Description:

Another piece of 80’s Brit Pop history has been rescued!!  “The Elevators started off life as The Stains but decided to change their name in 1978.read more »

There Is Only Now
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

The 6th effort from one of the best garage, psych, and Freakbeat bands going in the UK!  “Heritage can be a harsh mistress.read more »

Pearls.
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:  

Originally a studio project, The Gold Needles have since beco ... read more »

Through A Window
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

The Last Bees
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Last Bees
Description:

There's an undeniable scent of nostalgia in the air. Our distraction-filled digital lives have us craving something that is organic, real and spontaneous.read more »

Goodnight Noises Everywhere
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK – AVAILABLE JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The Lunar Laugh is a pop band based in Oklahoma City. At the group's core is the singer/ ... read more »

Stroke Manor
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
Description:

“Stroke Manor” BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Glasgow's magnificent PearlfishersOriginally released in 2001, ... read more »

Dreaming
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On the title track of their latest EP they join forces with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (of Jellyfish/Imperial Drag fame) who contributes backing vocals!read more »

Turn Around
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On their 2016 debut, Canada’s The Top Boost (Hunter Gogo and Kiri ... read more »

Jigsaw Days
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton made a concerted effort to “get back to the basics” with "Jigsaw Days" – the 4th full-length release from this San Francisco-based p ... read more »

Post Modern Romantic
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

With 17 years and 10 albums under his belt in the indie power pop and Bay Area music scene, Well Wishers frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton shows no signs of slowing down (he's also ... read more »

Dunwoody
Price: $0.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

5-song "concept" EP from veteran popper Jeff Shelton! "Sometime in early 2013 I woke up one morning with a very clear premonition that I should write and ... read more »

Comes and Goes
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Based on a solid foundation of melody, songcraft, and the ever important "musical hook", the Well Wishers' deliver a warm, full-bodied sound and engaging ... read more »

Consolation Prize Fighter
Price: $8.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

Reforming a couple of years ago after a 20 year “hiatus”, Chicago’s Thrift Store Halo return with their second effort since the reformation.  2017’s Marty Schneider Jonas Stein of Exceptional cover stories for this landmark issue include the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye ( ... read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 8
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rob Bailey (a/k/a Dr. Robert) has an intense passion for discovering long-forgotten 60’s club sounds and giving them a new lease of life via his DJ sets and this co ... read more »

Poppies – Assorted Finery From The First Psychedelic Age
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Very kool 2019 compilat ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave”